Tongue-in-cheek film showing a domestic robot freeing housewives of their chores (and intimating that their work is hardly necessary); actually a promo showing how relays and switches function in the modern automobile. Shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940. ( 16 reviews ) Topics: Robotics, Gender roles, Futurism
Set at the 1956 General Motors Motorama, this is one of the key Populuxe films of the 1950s, showing futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire's "Kitchen of the Future." ( 25 reviews ) Topics: Futurism, Automobiles: Advertising, Gender roles
Definitive document of pre-World War II futuristic utopian thinking, as envisioned by General Motors. Documents the "Futurama" exhibit in GM's "Highways and Horizons" pavilion at the World's Fair, which looks ahead to the "wonder world of 1960." ( 14 reviews ) Topics: Futurism, World's Fairs: New York, 1939-40, Infrastructure: Roads and highways
Contents. A plea for community planning, which contrasts the awesome conditions of human living in a modern industrial city with (1) the serenity of life in an eighteenth-century New England village and (2) the architect's and engineer's concept of the model community, as typified by the federal government's resettlement experiment at Greenbelt, Maryland, and the privately developed one at Radburn, New Jersey. Life in the New England village of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: City planning, Urban planning, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1930s, Great Depression, Shirley Center, Mass.,...